Energie und Intelligente Vernetzung: Innovation und Regulierung

netconomica 2017

Neue Geschäftsmodelle, Start-ups oder veränderte Marktprozesse brechen alte Muster in der Energiewirtschaft auf. Die Energiewende und die allgegenwärtige Digitalisierung sind zwei Trends, die im wechselseitigen Zusammenspiel die Energiewirtschaft vor erhebliche Herausforderungen stellen. Damit die digitalisierte Energiewende ein Erfolg wird, müssen sich Unternehmen, Regulierer und die Politik den neuen Marktgegebenheiten stellen. Mit der netconomica 2017 wollen wir den Spannungsbogen zwischen Energie und Intelligenter Vernetzung aufgreifen und diskutieren.



mFUND: Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure presents mobility innovations

WIK provides scientific accompanying research

At the first mFUND conference in Berlin on 2 August 2017, Dr Iris Henseler-Unger and Mr Alex Dieke (WIK) presented the future networking, research and transfer activities that WIK will carry out to support more than 80 projects funded by mFUND.

mFUND is a financial assistance programme sponsored of the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. The programme supports innovative solutions and products for Mobility 4.0, and grants financing to projects that are based on mobility, environment or climate data. WIK will carry out accompanying research throughout the mFUND programme, until 2020.



Introduction of embedded SIM (eSIM) in the telecommunications consumer segment

WIK provides a first scientific analysis of economic aspects: What impacts on competition and consumers can be expected in the German mobile market?

After having been developed for Machine-to-Machine (M2M)-communication, standardised eSIM solutions are about to be launched in the telecommunications consumer segment. WIK’s discussion paper can be regarded as a first extensive scientific analysis of eSIM in Germany with a focus on consumer and competition aspects.



Reasonable principles as guidance to spectrum auction design

Spectrum auctions as efficient bargaining mechanism

Spectrum auctions should be designed as an efficient bargaining mechanism. The Coase Theorem provides requirements, which have to be fulfilled. Reasonable principles for spectrum auction design can be derived from these requirements. The transparent traditional simultaneous multiple round auction, as always used in Germany, is in line with all of these principles. The combinatorial clock-auction, which was for example applied in Austria, fails to fulfil several of these principles.



Incentive auctions as a new tool of frequency management

Establishing a trading platform to transfer spectrum usage rights

Incentive auctions establish a trading platform to transfer spectrum usage rights. In specific cases incentive auctions may be used as a new instrument for spectrum management.

In the years 2016/17 a comprehensive and complex incentive auction was conducted in the USA by the FCC. It induced a transfer of spectrum usage rights from broadcasters to operators which intend to provide mobile broadband services.



Market entry, management of scarce resources and general end-user issues

Study in the context of the EU-Recast of the Regulatory Framework for Electronic Communications

This study prepared for the European Commission examines the functioning of the Regulatory Framework for Electronic Communications (RFEC) in the three substantive domains of market entry and authorisation, management of scarce resources (such as spectrum, numbers, and land), and protection of end-users from its enactment in 2002 to the present, and explores possible options for its development in view of current trends and emerging challenges.



Fixed network access technology options in the Netherlands

WIK analyses technologies and models profitability in the Dutch market

In the context of the analysis of the markets 3 and 4 of the EC Market Recommendation ACM mandated WIK to analyse the existing network access technologies FTTC (up to, FTTH PtP and Coax (DOCSIS 3.1 FD) and their developments until 2025 regarding their regulated wholesale access capabilities. In addition the profitability of a new fixed network market entrant using the wholesale access products named before at their typical handover locations in the Netherlands is analysed by cost models.



An overview and analysis of margin squeeze test approaches by European NRAs for NGA-based retail services

How have NRAs implemented the EU regulation on margin squeeze tests?

Margin squeeze tests ensure that alternative providers can replicate economically the retail services of a SMP operator based on its wholesale services. These tests resemble a business case from the perspective of the alternative operator including setting procedures what to do when a margin squeeze is observed. The report explains the guidelines set by the EU Commission in this regard, and shows how regulatory authorities can flexibly adapt this instrument to national circumstances.


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